Plants vs. Zombies HD – iPad Review

On May 11, 2010

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Plants vs. Zombies HD – iPad Review

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By: PopCap Games, Inc. (iDP)

Version #: 1.0.1

Date Released: 2010-03-31

Developer: PopCap Games, Inc.

Price: 9.99

User Rating:

If you’ve played tower defense games before and think you’ve had enough, I wouldn’t blame you. Truth is, this is by far the best one that I’ve played in a very long time. Even if your sick of tower defense games, or if you’ve never played one before, this is the one you should try. 

The artwork is zany but the quick iPad processor makes even the full screen of zombies move smoothly and never miss a step.

The game is based on you controlling a yard of plants that sit between your house and a mob of zombies who will stop at nothing until they reach your home. You have some pretty strange plants at your disposal to stop the zombies from reaching your home, including pea shooters, magic mushrooms that fire spores, venus fly traps that lost the taste for flies and found one for zombies, and a whole slew of others.

Unlike other tower defense games, this one doesn’t have a winding path that zombies follow to your house, instead your front yard is divided into 6 rows and zombies walk straight down those rows towards your home. At first, the game seems awfully simple and you might even think its too easy to play.

The truth is though, that the incredible variety of Zombies (many have special unique skills like pole vaulting, or dancing like Michael Jackson and raising other zombies from the graves), and the huge variety of plants makes this a fun ever changing strategy type tower defense game. There are 48 different kinds of plants and 26 different types of zombies.

Every time you complete a level, a new plant you could use is added to your weapons. In addition, the game is constantly adding new Zombies with unique skills to the fold. At the beginning of each round, you get to choose which plants you want to take (6 to start, and you can buy more as you progress from the trashy next door neighbor).

In addition to picking your plants to battle the Zombies, the game also changes the environment. Sometimes the game takes place during the day, other times it happens at night. Each environment determines what types of plants you should take (mushrooms seem to work better at night).

The game just continues to add new and fun changes as you get further into the rounds. There are even mni games you’ll encounter very so often (including a wack-a zombie mini-game) that are lots of fun. Even the music is appropriate and has a catchy intense feeling as your law fills with zombies.

If you get just 1 tower defense game for your iPad, this is the one you should get! Its that good.

Quick Take

Value:At 9.99 I wouldn't normally consider buying, but this is worth every penny.

Would I Buy Again:Yes.

Learning Curve:Not much, the game walks you through how to play.

Who Is It For:Anyone, since the gore is kept low and the cartoon feeling even makes it fun for kids to play.

What I Like:The constant new addition of plants and zombies keeps this game changing and interesting.

What I Don't Like:I can't think of anything except the 9.99 price tag.

Final Statement:This game is worth every dollar, and I would highly recommend it for any tower defense lover.

Read the Developer's Notes:
Get ready to soil your plants in this high-definition, multi-touch adaptation of the hit PopCap game of the year!

A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home… don’t be caught without your plants down! Defend your house with an arsenal of plants to slow down, confuse, weaken and mulchify zombies before they reach your front door.

Each zombie has its own special skills, so you’ll need to think fast and plant faster to combat them all. But be careful — obstacles like a setting sun, creeping fog and a swimming pool add to the challenge. Plants vs. Zombies HD for iPad is loaded with four game modes, new rabble-rousing features, and unlimited replayable action… so the fun never dies!


It’s packed with fun-dead action:

- Dig into multi-touch gameplay exclusively on iPad. Play with up to 11 simultaneous touch points and challenge all your fingers!

- Marvel at high-definition graphics on the dazzling iPad display.

- Harvest fields of fun with 18 Mini-Games, including the exclusive iPad-only game, “Buttered Popcorn!”

- Earn exclusive iPad achievements.

- Battle 26 types of zombies including pole-vaulters, snorkelers and a Zombie Bobsled Team.

- Conquer all 50 levels of Adventure mode — through day, night and fog, in a swimming pool and on the rooftop.

- Test your home guardin’ skills in the ultra-challenging Survival mode.

- Replay your favorite levels in Quick Play mode.

- Earn 49 powerful plants like peashooters, wall-nuts, and cherry bombs.

- Unlock the Almanac to see all the plants and zombies, unearth amusing “facts” and quotes!


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